Cyber Security News & Trends – 08-23-19


This week, smart cities are exposed, side-channel attacks are explained, and Texas reels from coordinated ransomware attacks.

SonicWall Spotlight

Side-Channel Attacks: Cyber Warfare’s New Battleground – Security Boulevard

  • SonicWall CEO Bill Conner pens a piece for Security Boulevard discussing the current, complex state of the cybersecurity landscape. He examines how side-channel attacks and malware cocktails have emerged as some of the most potent threats and recommends layered cyberdefenses along with emergent AI-based solutions.

Podcast: Cloud Application Security Is Your Gateway to Cloud Confidence – RedZone Podcast

  • Shannon Emmons, Senior Product Manager at SonicWall, is interviewed on the RedZone podcast discussing why a holistic approach to cloud application security solutions must be followed to tackle modern cloud cyberthreats.

Hackers Breach 20 Texas Government Agencies in Ransomware Cyber Attack – Dallas News

  • At least 20 government agencies in Texas were affected by a coordinated ransomware attack late last week and Dallas News quotes SonicWall CEO Bill Conner on the issue. SonicWall also digs deep into the ransomware figures and this story on our blog.

SonicWall Evolves as a Company Offering a Full Suite of Integrated Security Solutions – VARIndia

  • SonicWall Country Director Debasish Mukherjee is interviewed by VARIndia. He talks about the newest SonicWall tech updates, where the company is headed in the Indian market, and the SonicWall SecureFirst Partner Program.

Cybersecurity News

Into the Breach: Why We’re Seeing a Sharp Rise in GDPR Violations – ITProPortal

  • It’s a year since GDPR was made law and reported violations are going up rather than down. IT Pro Portal argues that this is to be expected as we are currently in a transitional time as companies get used to the legislation.

Cybersecurity Challenges for Smart Cities: Key Issues and Top Threats – HelpNetSecurity

  • Smart city development projects include an array of interconnected, interdependent digital infrastructure networks. A recent report by ABI Research has found that the current cybersecurity spending on these networks is way below what would be required to keep them safe and this is an ever-growing risk to smart city development if the issue is not addressed.

Data Breaches Expose 4.1 Billion Records in First Six Months of 2019 – Forbes

  • Just eight breaches have been responsible for 3.2 billion of the 4.1 billion records exposed so far in 2019. While the majority of breaches have scored very low on severity scales the sheer number of people affected by them is adding up fast.

The Year-Long Rash of Supply Chain Attacks Against Open Source Is Getting Worse – Ars Technica

  • The surge in supply chain attacks hitting open source software over the past year shows few signs of abating. Open source software is seen as low-hanging fruit by cyberattackers, in part because many don’t enforce good authentication methods like multi-factor authentication, and also because the potential of having a backdoored app on a huge number of systems is too big a payoff to resist.

Open Source-Based Ransomware Targets Fortnite Players – SecurityWeek

  • A new ransomware that specifically targets Fortnite players has been discovered by security researchers who have dubbed it “Syrk.” The basis for this ransomware is the well-known Hidden-Cry open-source malware.
And Finally

Employees Connect Nuclear Plant to the Internet so They Can Mine Cryptocurrency – ZDNet

  • The Ukranian Secret Service is investigating an incident where nuclear power plant employees near Yuzhnoukrainsk connected the internal network of their power station to the internet in order to mine for cryptocurrency.

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